Amazon said Friday it was obtaining the encrypted messaging app Wickr which provides secure communications for government agencies, businesses, as well as individuals. The deal terms were not disclosed.
In a statement, Amazon said it would incorporate Wickr in its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division which provides cloud computing and other services.
AWS will continue to deliver Wickr services including end-to-end encrypted communications which meet certain regulatory provisions.
“The need for this type of secure communications is accelerating,” said Stephen Schmidt, AWS vice president.
“With the move to hybrid work environments, due in part to the novel coronavirus pandemic, enterprises and government agencies have a growing desire to protect their communications across many remote locations.”
Wickr has touted its “military-grade” encryption for business and government users and was among the apps reportedly used to leak information from the White House during the President Donald Trump administration.
Other apps offering encrypted communications include Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Apple’s iMessage and foundation-operated Signal.
These apps can allow people to send messages which cannot be intercepted or read by law enforcement authorities.
The news comes following a congressional panel’s approval of legislation that could restrict the ability of large technology firms to acquire rivals that would limit competition.